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Hops On Rye - Firehouse Grill & Brewery

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.62%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Firehouse Grill & Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ibbjamin on 11-27-2009)
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Photo of Gobzilla
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a murky golden orange in color with yellow highlights and had a thin bubbly head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the aroma was very citrusy alongside some caramel notes hints of hops, tangerine, and rye but had plenty of malty sweetness for sure.

T: the tangerine flavor was more prominent on the taste with other citric fruits but had caramel, rye, grassy hop accents and lots of malty sweetness.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, citrusy, grassy hoppy, and mild bitter finish.

D: really was easy to drink with faint rye characteristics but had a nice bitter quality.

Gobzilla, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of DovaliHops
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy orange-amber color with a small white head that diminishes rather quickly. Scent on this beer is magnificent! Intense citrus and hop aroma with great piney notes as well. Was not expecting this great of a nose from a Grill and Brewery that I had never heard of before. Taste is Outstanding as well! This, however could be very borderline Double IPA. The reason I say this is because the bitter, piney hops and citrus grapefruit flavors are so in your face, that this doesn't seem much like your average American IPA. It is definitely West Coast though I must say, although very light maltiness to it. Great tasting beer. Mouthfeel is full bodied and a tad bit on the sticky side. Drinkability is high. Was not expecting this, but I will definitely spread the word about Firehouse Grill and Brewery!

DovaliHops, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of ibbjamin
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $4.75 for a bomber from Bobby's Liquor in San Jose, CA. Poured into a large snifter to review. I later found that I had already reviewed this beer as it was on draft at the brewpub. I gave it a B+ prior, so this must have been a better batch as I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Half inch off white head consistent of medium sized carbonation bubbles. Not too cloudy and copper orange in color. Excellent lacing and a nice layer of retention.

Certainly a hop forward aroma of dank citrus grapefruit.

Very pleasant taste similar in character to the nose. Alcohol very well hidden. A nice west coast example of an IPA. Clean and refreshing. I don't detect much of the rye presence in either the taste or nose, which for me is a bonus I guess as it's a flavor I'm not particularly too fond of.

Medium body leaning towards the light side. This goes down very quickly. Nice creamy feel with a nice dose of oily hops. Medium length finish of slightly bitter grapefruit hops.

Very impressive, never expected this from my neighborhood brewpub. On top of that, the low price tag makes it even that much better. Cheers !!

ibbjamin, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy orangish amber with maybe an inch of head. The lacing is decent, it starts thick and creeps down the glass.
The smell is a bit light, but still complex enough. Citrus and spice combine up front with a bready background.
The taste follows suit. Plenty of citrus to go around, fresh squeezed grapefruit and some lemon zest. The malt profile is certainly a rich, spicy rye bread taste. A bit different, but very nice. The mouth is a little sticky which put me off just a little, but still, not bad.
A solid, spicy, hoppy IPA. My first beer from Firehouse and I'm impressed.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a very hazy one and is orange in color with an off-white head and some strings of lacing.

S: Plenty of grapefruit hops on the front end with a bit of a tangerine note. The rye is very obviously here and provides a bit of a spice note which goes nicely with the bread forward aroma.

T: The grapefruit is again the star of the show and there is a bit of pineapple to it. Quite bitter with plenty of piney hops. The rye and bread are strong in their flavor as well.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation and a dry and bitter finish.

D: Surprisingly good and easy to drink. Definitely worth trying this one out.

womencantsail, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of whatthehull
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Passion fruit sunset. Very cloudy and a half finger head and a bit of lacing

S - Rye, Sweet malt, nice hop, Floral, Pine, Melon, Mango, Pineapple, grapefuit, a bit grassy the zest you'd find in an Australian or New Zealand sauvignon blanc. This thing has some serious smell. So lovely

T - Good but not as good as the smell. The rye, malt and hop are so prevalent. The mango, pineapple, grass and grapefruit are still there. There is a bit of an oak for sure

M - Fizzy, heavy lingering of malt, rye and hops. Sticks around for a while. VERY HOPPy finish

D - I could drink this everyday if it came in a 6 pack.

Final thought - $5? Noice. Love this beer

whatthehull, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of monkeylovebeer
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now, this is what I'm talkin' about. I was in the mood for a nice, aggressive IPA, and this one out of Sunnyvale's Firehouse Grill & Brewery hit the spot. It pours a truly gorgeous honey orange and throws some serious pine and florals up front.

A nice, inch-deep head with good retention is powered by a combination of Magnum, Amarillo, and Citra hops--not a ground-breaking combination for this style, true, but what gives this brew a nice, distinctive character is the grain bill.

Firehouse has gone with a base of rye malt that gives the beer a heated spice note that complements the hops very well. At 75 IBUs, this is by no means a tongue shredder, but that extra kick from the rye gives your mouth something to think about until the next sip.

This is a fairly hazy beer with a lot of suspended matter which belies how ultimately quaffable and refreshing it is.

monkeylovebeer, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of theopholis
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured into a schooner, which probably wasn't the best idea I've ever had. The body is a fairly clear, very deep amber with a nice two finger off-white creamy head. The beer is rather hazy. Very little head retention or lacing.

Smell - LOTS of citrus in the nose. A fair amount of rye malt, with pine notes. I'm even getting hints of honey.

Taste - Not bad!!!! This was like a 4 dollar bomber. I can only assume they are taking a loss to build up customer loyalty. This beer is easily worth 3 times the price. Well balanced between the malt, malt sweetness and hoppiness. Good rye presence. Hint of citrus and pineyness. Borders on being cloying, but still, quite nice..

Mouthfeel - Medium body with nice, tight carbonation. Dry finish. Good stickiness to give you a long, lingering after-taste.

D - Mmmm...beer...aurghghgh...

theopholis, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of peensteen
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

kwjd's bomber. reviewed from notes.

Pours a cloudy orangeish colour, nice 1/2" head, nice lacing too. Nice citrusy hop smell, grapefruit, lemony scent accompanied by great spicy notes from the rye. Tastes hop forward, great oily slick presence, great bitterness, big citra hop taste is brought out further by the firm spice of the rye. Nice medium mouthfeel, coats the palate with a great hop oil presence. Great stuff here, very drinkable.

peensteen, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of kwjd
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this purely on a whim at City Beer in San Francisco. The cases of it got delivered as I was in there. I had never heard of the brewery before, but I also hadn't tried a hoppy rye beer, so why not.

Pours a copper orange colour with a finger of white head. Smells of huge citrus hops the mesh nicely with mild spiciness of the rye. Nice carbonation level for an IPA. There were 3 of us at a tasting and this bomber seemed to go the quickest.

kwjd, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ken's bottle, thanks for sharing. Nice hops at 75 IBU listed, magnum, citra, and amarillo. Orange citrus taste. Hazy grapefuit body and lots of lace. Soapy 1 inch head. Nice rye flavour that is well integrated with the hops, and not too spicy. Great drinkability .

Sammy, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mlaroche for this on.

No bottle date.

Pours a light amber/orange color, hardly any head, few small bubbles on top, not much lacing either.

Smell has a wonderfully piney hop aroma with a dash of fruity citrus, it isn't harshly hoppy but I also can't pick up much malt in the nose to balance it, I guess it's just appropriately hopped.

Taste starts out with a resiny pine flavor, followed by citrus, aftertaste is a light bitterness cut with some caramel malt, while the rye isn't as heavy as some other beers that feature it, it does add a bit of heaviness to this beer, the soft but active carbonation to this beer is almost spot on and lends some creaminess.

For a beer I just randomly asked for, I'm pleasantly surprised. I'll have to keep my eye out for more from this place.

deltatauhobbit, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear bright amber orange with a quick fading white head.

Nose of fresh oranges and pineapple with a light tart character.

Mouthfeel is medium full and nicely balanced and integrated. Tastes rich and "expensive."

Flavors are layered, big, bold and complex. A medium sweet front palate gives way to big nicely burned rye toast and the rye is present in a pleasant assertive rye flavor and character through all parts and layers of this beer. Bitter coffee, bitter toast and bitter burnt oranges.

Rich bitter rye toast gives way to a nice big bitter pine/grapefruit finish. A nice big IPA with really nice big rye flavors and character.

GRG1313, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of nothingdoing
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First time I saw it in Bevmo, so I thought I'd try it.

Appearance: Great golden copper color. Not too much head and less retention.

Smell: Nice grassy, citrus hop aroma and rye spice.

Taste: Parallels the smell, the rye grass/spice taste is up front with a citrus middle with a sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light mouthfeel. Not too syrupy. Would have preferred a little more carbonation.

Drinkability: I could definitely drink more than one of this beer. Smooth drinking beer, without overwhelming spice.

Overall: I'm a big fan of Alpine's Nelson which feels more refined than this beer. This beer held its own though and I thought was very tasty at the $5 pricepoint.

nothingdoing, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of dubinsky
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Saw this bomber at Bev-Mo and decided to take a gamble. Glad a did! The label was enticing and who doesn't love Hops and Rye.

A - Poured a great rusty amber with a nice two finer off white creamy head. The beer is rather hazy with some bits of yeast floating.Retention was very good eventually setting to a thin cap leaving some great lacing.

S - Very present Rye malt, with tones of citrus, pine resin and ripe orange. I'm even getting hints of honey. This smells like it will be extremely balanced.

T - This is a really surprising beer from a brewery i have never heard of till now. Great rye presence with huge hops on the front and back. Im tasting some citrus zest that i cant quite describe, and a great hop bitterness which is piney and citrusy.

M - Medium body with nice, tight carbonation. Dry finish.

D - This is a rally drinkable beer. I was surprised to see that a small brewery close to my hometown makes a great beer such as this. I will definitely try this again.

dubinsky, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of Andy1618
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A very pretty clear copper. The head is smooth and creamy, but fairly small and dies down pretty quickly.

Smell: A clean grassy and pineapple hop aroma, followed by a little bit of graininess from the rye.

Taste: The rye character is assertive, but not overwhelming. The rye spiciness mixes quite well with a strong punch of citrusy (and slightly earthy) hops. It's balanced by a lingering caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel: A slightly syrupy feel helps this beer stick to your palate, making the flavors linger.

Drinkability: Overall a very tasty beer. The rye adds a unique character that sets this beer apart from a lot of other IPAs. Goes down smooth and doesn't disappoint.

Andy1618, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of berebrando
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a late night bottle on tofurkey day, 2010, cracked this 22 open at hotel durant in berkeley. an off white head with variable sized bubbles. some gunk is floating around in the amber orange beer. smells like amarillo. the citra and centennial take a back seat, in fact rye and amarillo complement eachother nicely. taste is spicy citrus. it is very drinksble and feels good in my mouth.

berebrando, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of popery
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. I think I've tried this on tap at the Bistro's IPA fest, as well. It's a good beer but not the most exciting expression of Citra in the world (that award goes to KRBC Citra DIPA). However, Citra is still definitely present and lends plenty of wildflowers, peaches, tangerines, mangoes and other wonderful hop notes. The malt lends good caramel but also a touch of paint thinner. Not a lot of rye in the aroma. The taste kicks in more grain spice, but it's not a terribly strong presence. Good tangerine, lemon, mango hop notes in the taste. Relatively sweet for a West Coast DIPA. It's a pleasant beer and easy to drink, and I wouldn't mind another glass.

popery, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of thekoz
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 bottle purchase at Willow Market (~$5).

The beer poured a cloudy amber with almost no head. (I guess this is due to the rye?)

The aroma lacked the strong hopiness I expect from an IPA.

The flavor was good. The beer was really smooth with some nice citrus favor. Nice hop flavor, but well balanced with the malty backbone.

Really look forward to having this beer again.

thekoz, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of 100floods
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Super murky, apple cider hue. This might be one of the darkest, haziest IPAs I've ever seen. Sweet. Clean, citrus, the rinds of an orange or grapefruit come to mind. Definitely some chewiness in the aroma. Medium, juicy body. A noticeable and pleasant sweetness hits the pallet, followed by some hops. There's a very gentle mixing on the hops and malt. This beer isn't too malty and the hops play a big role but do not bombard my taste buds. I think the rye and citra hops were good choices. Orange peel and hops come to mind, bitter-sweet flavors. Do I sense of milky caramel too? Something that reminds me of it. It effects the texture for sure, in a great way. The word 'melt' comes to mind as a theme for this beer. Definitely a great sense of coalescence going on. At least, it stands out in this beer more than others. This was a very well thought out beer. It combines a lot of things together I wouldn't expect. I'm not quite getting the spicy finish the description on the bottle speaks off, but i'm not complaining. Definitely a great pairing for spicy foods.

100floods, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub. Served in a pint glass.

A - Served with a half-finger of off-white creamy foam that has surprisingly good retention and eventually settles to a thin cap, leaving glass-coating lace. Transparent golden body with some nice glow to it.

S - Sugary malt backbone, a hint of rye malt, and ripe orange hop character - guessing this is heavy with Centennial and Cascade. This is more malt-forward than I expect from the West Coast, but it still smelled pretty appealing.

T - There's more rye in the flavor, with that hard-to-describe zest character to it. It's complemented with candied citrus hop characters, and intense, yet enjoyable bitterness that lingers well into the aftertaste.

M - Slightly zesty carbonation that's a touch more than I prefer. Medium-bodied, and a touch grainy, with a dry finish.

D - This was pretty nice - reminded me of a poor man's version of Rye of the Tiger. I'd have it again if I saw it on-tap somewhere.

MasterSki, Aug 10, 2010
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Hops On Rye from Firehouse Grill & Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.